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The government’s disastrous A-level scandal reveals its contempt for the working class

The scandal is just another in a long list of government failures to earn the trust of working-class families. The problem will not be rectified overnight

By Tola Onanuga  

Students from Codsall Community High School march to the constituency office of their local MP Gavin Williamson, who is also the Education Secretary, as a protest over the continuing issues of last week's A level results which saw some candidates receive lower-than-expected grades after their exams were cancelled as a result of coronavirus.

When the A-level results were released in England last week it quickly became clear the government had failed its own test to create a fair and balanced grading system. The algorithm built by exams regulator Ofqual and heartily supported by ministers, resulted in the downgrading of nearly 40 per cent of the grades predicted by teachers. To make matters worse, it was poorer students who…

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